Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Flower Power

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I've been super busy with work and haven't finished processing all the photos from the Urban Farm Tour this weekend, but things are slowing down and I should have the first post up tomorrow.  Stay tuned, because there really some interesting and creative things that we found on the tour!

In the meantime, how about something beautiful to look at?  I found these beauties at our last stop on the tour, St. Paul's Community Garden in Independence.
Behold the purple coneflower!

I think someone else must have taken that picture, as I am not the best photog.  Click on the picture to biggify it and you can almost see the pollen granules.  Just breathtaking...

The daylilies were jealous and decided to pose for the camera also...

And who knew the common milkweed could be so pretty? 

I didn't realize that monarch butterflies LOVE milkweed.  It grows natively here in Missouri.  Repeat after me.....I will never, never, EVER rip this out of my garden again.
And, finally, here's one of many sunflowers that were growing up along the fence lines.

They haven't formed their heads yet, but I thought the star pattern in the middle was really neat. 
How's that for starting off your day with a dose of pretty?


  1. I LOVE milkweed, and I'm so glad you do, too! It grows on our banks and is blooming now, and the smell is heavenly! I will never rip it out, either!

    Love those pictures, and can't wait to see pictures of the tour. I think I'm going to have to go again, next year. I missed the Water Garden tour too, don't know how that happened as I had planned to go on it!


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